Oklahoma's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

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Current Status: Approved!

Oklahoma's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on October 12, 2005.  A few minor edits were suggested and incorporated.  The updated chapters may be downloaded below.  The free Adobe Acrobat Reader will be required to open the documents.

map of the state of oklahoma that breaks down the Oklahoma Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation strategy region
Introduction  (PDF, 192 KB)

Shortgrass Region (PDF, 229 KB)

Tallgrass Region (PDF, 308 KB)

Mixed-grass Region (PDF, 325 KB)

Crosstimbers Region (PDF, 339 KB)

Ouachita Mountains Region (PDF, 425 KB)

Ozark Region (PDF, 346 KB)

Appendices (PDF, 2019 KB)





Oklahoma's journey to develop a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy kicked in high gear at the end of 2003.  The Strategy was completed in July 2005.  Visit our four-page Strategy Brochure to learn more about this project.



Components of the Strategy

Oklahoma's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy must cover Eight Required Elements



The Federal Approval Process

All States must submit their Strategies to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by October 1, 2005.  A National Advisory Acceptance Team (NAAT) comprised of both State and Federal administrators has been assembled to review State Strategies.  See the NAAT Reference Guide for a list of team members and the sub-criteria of the Eight Required Elements by which the review team will evaluate Oklahoma’s Strategy.  Oklahoma will explicitly respond to the guidance, directing the review team to the Eight Required Elements and sub-criteria within the document.



Oklahoma's Approach

Since all 50 states are developing Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies simultaneously, there are many different tools and approaches in use.  The Department of Wildlife developed a Work Plan to guide our progress in developing Oklahoma's Strategy.  Wildlife experts from across the state convened in July to make recommendations for Oklahoma's Wildlife Conservation Strategy.  A draft available for public review is expected this fall.



Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Starting with outside sources that identified animal species in special need of conservation, the Department of Wildlife consulted with hundreds of fish and wildlife experts to develop a list of 246 species in greatest need of conservation in Oklahoma.  For additional information, see the species list and a PowerPoint presentation outlining the process used to develop the list.



Advisory Group

The Department of Wildlife has made a serious effort to coordinate development of this Strategy with a wide range of state agencies, federal agencies, universities, non-governmental organizations, private industry, etc.  At the beginning of the planning process, an Advisory Group was formed, comprised of 50 individuals representing 35 organizations.  The purpose of the Advisory Group is to provide information for the planning effort and to help develop partnerships that can serve to assist in strategy implementation.


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